How to Become a Famous Artist
Practice. No one wants to hear about an artist who only draws polka dots. This will help you draw better, and even more people will like you.
Seek out good art instruction. Take classes at your local community college or an online class with good references. Consider video classes and live online webinars.
Vary the art tools you use. Start off with a pencil, then go to charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, paint, whatever interests you. When you get bored with your art, try a new medium or a new technique.
Get critiqued by family and friends. If they think it’s good, then you might be on your way to becoming famous!
Paint what you care about. Paint from the heart and the gut. Paint what matters to you.
Develop a strong personal style. Do this by learning to paint and draw your favorite subjects in all the ways that every painter you like best has done them.
- Make sure you want to be famous. Being famous is not fun all the time. So decide how famous you want to become in the long run.
- Consider keeping your privacy if your fame spreads beyond your comfort zone. What your fans are interested in is your painting and a few key details about your life.
- Enjoy art. This sounds like a no-brainer, but as you learn to paint and draw better, you will observe the world more accurately. If you seek out beauty, you will find it in the ugliest, weirdest, most unexpected places - the glint of light on broken glass on a concrete sidewalk, the curl of a leaf on a weed, the smile on the face of an ugly old woman who suddenly becomes beautiful because in the artist’s trained vision, you can read a lifetime of kindness in the lines of her wrinkled face.
- Think of your work as real, valuable work that has as long a learning curve as medicine or law. It’s not some random “Talent” that happens to some lucky people labeled by society.
- One of the worst ways fame can destroy your life is if you decide to live out the stereotype of the drug/alcoholic spoiled-brat celebrity. Do not fall into the social pitfalls of taking “party animal” too far. This is less of a risk for artists than for musicians and actors, but in some places there’s social pressure to promiscuity, drug use and “shock value” including using personal crises to gain attention to your art and take a cheap shot at fame.
- If you paint dark, shocking art subjects, distinguish fiction from fact. Don’t believe the horror story you’re painting.
- You will also be changing your social identity from whatever you used to think of yourself as - and what everyone else around you thinks of you as - into “an artist.”
- The biggest pain in fame is “schadenfreude” - a German word for “jealousy of people who are perceived as happier or more successful.” It’s socially acceptable in Western culture and some people feel it and get downright vicious.